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Mike Bassett: Manager 

Mike, now living in Spain, returns to England to take the manager role at Wirral County, the club that his dad played for, tasked with saving the club from relegation.
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Series cast summary:
Ricky Tomlinson ...  Mike Bassett 6 episodes, 2005
Amanda Redman ...  Karine Bassett 6 episodes, 2005
Steve Edge ...  Doddsy / ... 6 episodes, 2005
Neil Maskell ...  Wirral Web Presenter 6 episodes, 2005
Adam Tedder Adam Tedder ...  Laszlo Vig 6 episodes, 2005
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith ...  Carlton Dawes 6 episodes, 2005
Richard Bennett Richard Bennett ...  Wrighty 6 episodes, 2005
Michael Fenton Stevens Michael Fenton Stevens ...  Richard Johnson 5 episodes, 2005
David Gyasi ...  Jeremy Hands 5 episodes, 2005
Gareth Mason ...  Gavin James 5 episodes, 2005
Tim Barlow Tim Barlow ...  Sir Denzil / ... 4 episodes, 2005
Stephen Aintree ...  Local Press 4 episodes, 2005
Dan Renton Skinner Dan Renton Skinner ...  Tonka 3 episodes, 2005
Steven Elliott Steven Elliott ...  National Press 1 3 episodes, 2005
Nicholas Tizzard Nicholas Tizzard ...  National Press 2 3 episodes, 2005
Steven Elliot Steven Elliot ...  National Press 1 3 episodes, 2005
Dave Hart Dave Hart ...  Fan / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Bridget Fry Bridget Fry ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 2005
Lucy Meacock ...  News Presenter 2 episodes, 2005
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Mike, now living in Spain, returns to England to take the manager role at Wirral County, the club that his dad played for, tasked with saving the club from relegation.

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Dutch

Release Date:

29 September 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Майк Бассетт: Менеджер See more »

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(6 episodes)

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Color
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A pilot episode was filmed in early 2003, and the rest of the series was due to be filmed and aired later that year. However, the producers of Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001) then demanded a much higher percentage of the royalties than they had originally been offered, delaying production of the series by two years. As a result of this delay Bradley Walsh, who had originally been due to return as Doddsy, dropped out and was replaced by Steve Edge. See more »

Quotes

Local Press: So, van Needlemans, are you happy joining Wirral?
Van Needlemans: [Van Needlemans speaks Dutch to the press. Doddsy is behind him frantically flicking through a Dutch phrasebook while Mike looks suspiciously at van Needlemans]
Mike Bassett: [jumping to conclusions] He's delighted!
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Followed by Mike Bassett: Interim Manager (2016) See more »

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A good, funny spin-off show of a very funny film
18 November 2005 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** The Works **** Just Misses the Mark *** That Little Bit In Between ** Lagging Behind * The Pits

Colourful football manager Mike Bassett (Ricky Tomlinson) returns to manage Wirral County FC, a struggling football club in need of wins. The series follows the trials and tribulations of his run as manager and the various scrapes he gets into.

This series leaves me in a bit of an unusual predicament. Usually, it's the case that a great comedy series spawns a movie adaptation that turns out to be a very bad idea (usually because the length of the film can't handle the 30 minute segment of a show and stretches the joke out a bit too far.) But here it is the opposite case and we have a TV series adaptation of a film that was obviously popular enough to spawn it. And, the great news is, it ain't half bad.

Like the film, the series simply has moments that genuinely work and are really quite funny, not the moments of 'laugh-out loud hilarity' the film had, but still quite amusing. This is owed in no small part of course to the cast, mainly Tomlinson, whose standard loud-mouthed, barking, over-reacting scouser act is worked to pleasingly funny effect. The supporting cast (like Tonka!) also have their moments, but he is the driving force of the show.

The show is not big or memorable enough to be an absolute comedy classic, but when it has it's moments, like the film it was adapted from, it works. ***


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